Global PC shipments fell by 13.9 percent in the first quarter of 2013, and according to analyst firm IDC , Windows 8 could very well be the reason. On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that 76.3 million PC units shipped during the most recent financial period, marking the biggest decline since the IDC began publishing quarterly numbers 19 years ago. “The reaction to Windows 8 is real,” Jay Chou, an IDC analyst, said to The Wall Street Journal. Increased demand for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have also played a role in this decline,
Comments: That is certainly no surprise. There isn´t anything remotely appealing about Windows 8.
I bought 4 new PC´s with windows 7 on clearance sales when Windows 8 was released. Some of my business programs will not run in Windows 8 and I´m not about to buy more software. I´ll be running Windows 7 til they put me in the ground.
At the end of last year, my old pc with Windows XP finially bit the dust. I replaced it with a newer model that came with Windows 8. I have to say it hasn´t been a happy transition. Using the various features in Windows 8 is not at all intuitive, and many of my old programs are not compatible with this new OS.
#1, the same survey that says Windows PC sales are down says that Macintosh sales are down as well (there are other surveys that say differently, but the survey this article is based on does not support the conclusion). That being said, I do not like Windows 8 (even more than I dislike OSX).
Win7 is excellent. Win8 is hideous for anyone that wants to do any sort of document creation, or office type of work. Win8 is a PHONE operating system and will never be popular for business and scientific work. Just a total PITA.
Win8 is OK for "playing on the PC", incredibly bad for WORKING with a PC.
We had to buy a new laptop after our 7 yr. old desktop got a fatal virus. Windows 8 is so different from previous Windows and I don´t like it. It doesn´t let you ´x´ off pages like you used to be able to. It is weird, hopefully we´ll get used to it.
BTW, the Ransomware virus we obtained was called "The Department of Justice" scam. The computer was completely frozen out with a full page warning saying the Dept. of Justice has frozen the computer due to one of these three crimes: Child pornography, copyright infringement or unlicensed software. The page said if you send $300 from a MoneyPak prepaid card (it even tells you stores to purchase it) they will unlock the computer. Our TrendMicro Titanium was unable to stop it. We searched ways to get around it from another PC, but were not able to start in Safe Mode in able to do the required steps. Good thing we had a backup hard drive.
Win 8 is quite fine and has numerous improvements over 7. The plunge in PC sales has little to do with those who can´t (or won´t) grasp Win 8, but everything to do with the smartphone / tablet craze. People are addicted to those small devices that are always with you and have you always connected.
Today´s reality is that most things done by the majority of users don´t require a desktop of any kind (including Mac). It wouldn´t matter if Win 8 were the second coming of XP, desktop sales would still be down.
A couple months ago I bought a new PC to replace my older one. The new one had W8 on it and in less then four hours I packed the thing up and returned it for a refund. So, I took my old PC to computer geeks and had the thing cleaned totally up.....runs great now and if anyone from MC asked me about W8, I would tell them were to stick it.
I do most of my own hardware or software tech, but occasionally a problem is above my expertise level. The last time I called my reliable your computer tech to help me out, he told me about the problems with Windows 8. He had loaded it on one of his computers so he could help customers who used it. He hated it. When I was ready to replace one of my computers last month, he told me to make sure I got Windows 7. I did and and I remain happy.
Why anybody would willingly purchase a Microsoft product is beyond me. I switched to Apple 8 years ago and have never looked back. The computer turns on almost instantly, I´ve never had a virus. It´s intuitive to use. The only "issue" I have is that Office for Windows -- Excel, Word, PPT -- doesn´t work nearly as well on a Mac as it does on a PC. Office, of course, is engineered by Microsoft. Mac rules!
I have used every Windows version since 3.1 and Windows 8 is easily the best so far. It´s based on Windows 7 for those who do not know and takes about 15 seconds to be ready to use from the time I start my comp. Some people are flustered that they cannot find what they are use to using with previous windows versions but it is all there. You just have to take the time to find all the apps and shortcuts.
All Microsoft had to do was give the option to run the computer in "Windows 7 Mode", and Win8 would be fine. I bought a new desktop PC to use for recording music, and I cannot adequately put into words how much I dislike the Windows 8 interface. All it´s done is give me headaches, since it takes me forever to find anything on the computer. I don´t know anyone who likes it.
If Microsoft had given the option to choose instead this is what you will have they would not be having this problem. They figure since Win8 will be on all new computers that they do not need to listen to the consumer.
Two programs that will make Windows 8 more like Windows 7. You can try them for free for 30 days or buy them. I use both. Made all the difference.
Stardock Start8 for $5 - brings the Start button back! http://www.stardock.com/products/start8
Stardock ModernMix for $5 - puts the color tiles into "windows" when clicked on. http://www.stardock.com/products/modernm ix/index.asp
Also try Linux Mint. Much like Windows but organize better and it is FREE! Screenshots http://www.linuxmint.com/screenshots.php
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